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I have always been fascinated by what my childhood self called “the olden days.” Spellbound by faded sepia portraits of family members I'd never met, and hearing my parents’ stories about escaping pogroms and poverty, I acquired an acute sensitivity to human suffering, alongside a deep awareness of the way time works to both elucidate and obscure human experience. Photography, as a so-called “time-based art” became the perfect medium for me to create my own visual interpretation of time. My father put a Kodak Brownie camera in my hands when I was seven, and I was hooked forever.

Yet, it wasn’t until I graduated from college and moved to Israel that I dared to pursue photography in a serious way. I was a member of the first graduating class to earn a BFA in photography at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, and worked as a commercial photographer and photography teacher for five years in Tel Aviv. I participated in my first group shows there, and joined an experimental group using computer graphics to make new kinds of photographic images (in 1987!). I returned to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s degree in Interactive Technology at NYU, which led to a great day job for 25+ years in user experience design.

For the last 15 years, since moving to CT, I have become more dedicated to making and showing my art, all while commuting to work in NYC and raising a family. I have exhibited widely in Fairfield County and in NYC, with long-standing affiliations with the Creative Center in Manhattan, and with the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and Artists Collective of Westport. A passionate concern with women’s and environmental issues are central themes in my personal work.

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